Coach uplifted many lives

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Harvie Hogan – or Coach Hogan, as many of his players at Tubman Junior High School called him – was honored by his former players May 10. More than 50 of his former players from the 1957-1967 teams showed up to honor their coach and mentor.

Coach Hogan, now in his early 80s, not only remembered all of his “boys” but also remembered all of the games and the good men he helped produce.

Coach Hogan gave thanks and recognition to all who served in the military – especially all the boys from his teams who served in Vietnam. Mike Seigler received the Silver Star. Lee Luckey was a captain. Carl Bryngelson, Carl Cushman, Bobby Hawes and Danny Renew also went to Vietnam. Other players who served in the Army Reserves were Curly Douglas, Grady Smith and me. Ray Diamond was in the Marine Reserves.

Several of Coach Hogan’s players went on to play college football. Doug Jones, Forest Inglett and Herman Lam played at Georgia Tech. Grady Luckey and I played at Georgia. Danny Fitzgerald and Richard Poythress played college baseball. Terry Childers became a pro baseball catcher.

Most of Coach Hogan’s boys received college educations, and all are now successful in different areas. Many are business owners, company managers, doctors, lawyers, a recreation director, a college math professor and high-school teachers. Sammy O’Banion is a country music singer. Ashley Royal is a federal judge in Macon.

The fellowship and conversation at the dinner honoring the coach was enjoyable to everyone. Coaches always make a difference to young men. Coach Hogan is a great example.

Special thanks to the other members of the planning committee – Pat Ford , Ray Diamond, Winston Hancock, Pete Williams and Charlie Beale.

Coach Hogan, from all of your boys, thank you.

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Dr. Craig Spinks.Georgians for Educational Excellence
Harvie was also a trusted

Harvie was also a trusted colleague, a mentor to young teachers, and a leader in a local US Army Reserve unit.

Moreover, players from his undefeated football teams at Tubman contributed mightily to Frank Inman's success at ARC in the late 50s and early 60s.

avidreader 05/17/12 - 05:40 am
Well Done!

Wonderful commentary on mentoring and its positive results. I am happy to say that I know (or recognize) many of these men. What a difference one person can make in the lives of others.

Jake 05/17/12 - 11:54 am
Tough opponents

Nice letter. I also recognize many of the names listed above and played against some of them in high school. While I didn't know Coach Hogan personally back then I knew that when we (Aquinas B Team) played Tubman you had better be prepared for a tough battle because his team was always prepared and well coached.

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